Taiwan’s EVA Air will be expanding its presence in Japan in 2019, which will include the introduction of three new destinations in the land of the rising sun.
EVA Air will add Nagoya, Aomori, and Matsuyama to its network while it adds more flight frequencies to existing destinations of Tokyo, Osaka, Okinawa and Sendai. All the routes are subject to government approval.
Among the announced schedules include a daily Taipei – Nagoya (Chubu) service starting on June 6, which will see the use of the airline’s new Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner aircraft. Flights to Aomori and Matsuyama are expected to begin in the third quarter of next year.
For flights to Okinawa and Sendai, the airline will add a second daily flight for the Taipei-Okinawa route while making its Taipei-Sendai service daily.
The increase in flights to Japan come as EVA Air received the first of 24 Boeing 787-9 aircraft ordered, which are expected to be delivered through 2022. According to EVA Air President Clay Sun, the new Dreamliner aircraft will allow the airline to adjust its services with a focus on Japan saying: “With more Boeing 787 Dreamliners being added to Eva Air’s fleet, we plan to reshape the Japan market and enhance our global network strategy.”
With the Boeing 787s, the airline also plans to boost its services to Tokyo and Osaka using Boeing 787 and A330 aircraft. The new routes and increased services is expected to boost the capacity offered by EVA Air between Taiwan and Japan by about 10% in 2019.
EVA Air currently operates 122 flights per week to 8 destinations in Japan which include Tokyo, Osaka, Sapporo, Hakodate, Sendai, Komatsu, Fukuoka, and Okinawa.